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The Transformation

October 31st, 2013

It’s been a year and a half since the epic story of the Noble Knights began with the debut of Noble Knight Artorigus in Galactic Overlord.  He became Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights with a little help from his friends in Cosmo Blazer. But is that the best he’s capable of being? What lies ahead for the Noble Knights?

All possible futures can be seen through Noble Arms – Excaliburn. A future where Laundsallyn takes the blade and becomes an unstoppable force of destruction, the Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn, and a future where the good king claims the sword and the Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus is born!

RankUpMagicArtorigusWhen this card is Xyz Summoned: You can target up to 3 “Noble Arms” Equip Spell Cards with different names in your Graveyard; equip those targets to this card. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 other monster on the field; destroy that target. If this card on the field is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 Level 4 or higher “Noble Knight” monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

Requiring two Level 5 “Noble Knight” monsters as Xyz Materials, Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus triple-wields Noble Arms and destroys one monster on the field for free, every turn.  Clocking in at 2200 ATK it’s currently the strongest Noble Knight of them all; it climbs to 3200 ATK with Noble Arms – Gallatin, and reaches a whopping 3700 ATK when it’s packing Gallatin and Noble Arms – Caliburn.  King Artorigus is really big, and it’s really good at demolishing your opponent’s monsters to get at their Life Points.

With such high ATK it’s going to be tough for your opponent to defeat Artorigus’ in his new form.  But even if they do, the Knights at his command rush in to fulfill his destiny!

When Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus hits the Graveyard you can revive any one of your non-Xyz Noble Knights to take his place.  You can destroy more monsters with Noble Knight Drystan, resurrect Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn to search more Noble Arms and Knights, or bring back Noble Knight Medraut.  Speaking of…

Rank5TheHardwayCalling Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus to the battlefield’s as easy as resolving Noble Knight Medraut’s effect.  Just strap Medraut with a Noble Arms, use its effect to Special Summon Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn, then re-equip the Noble Arms to Medraut to make it a Level 5.  Overlay both monsters for King Artorigus: though you give up Medraut and a Noble Arms to Summon just one monster, King Artorigus’ destruction effect balances that out while he grabs up to three Noble Arms from your Graveyard.

Noble Knight Duelists have had a similar combo for a while, playing Medraut and Black Laundsallyn to Xyz Summon Number 61: Volcasaurus.  Its effect destroys a monster and deals damage, but it can’t attack when you use that effect, so the common play is to overlay Volcasaurus with Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger to make an attack.  But Volcasaurus can only destroy face-up monsters, while King Artorigus can destroy any monster.  And while Gaia Dragon’s pretty big at 2600 ATK, the right Noble Arms can boost King Artorigus as high as 3700 ATK and unlock powerful effects.  Then when King Artorigus is sent to the graveyard, you get that Special Summon effect to keep your fists up.  Gaia Dragon’s got nothing on that.

All that said, one of the coolest reasons to play Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus is his legendary blade!


Noble Arms – Excaliburn has three effects.  First, it can only be wielded by a worthy bearer – a Noble Knight.  Once it’s Equipped, that Knight can’t be targeted by your opponent’s card effects; it wards off stuff like Number 11: Big Eye, Compulsory Evacuation Device, and Book of Moon.

But it’s the sword’s third effect that makes Excaliburn so amazing.  Unlike other “Noble Arms” cards which can pop back onto the field when they’re destroyed, Noble Arms – Excaliburn stays in the Graveyard.  Instead of reattaching it, you can banish Excaliburn from your Graveyard after the turn it’s sent there, to target a “Noble Knight” Xyz you control.  Doing so lets you Special Summon another “Noble Knight” Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck with a different name, using the Noble Knight you targeted as an Xyz Material.  The Special Summon counts as an Xyz Summon.

That means that if you control Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights, you can use its ability to clear your opponent’s backrow.  Then you can banish Excaliburn and overlay your Rank 4 Artorigus with the new Rank 5 Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus.  Since that Special Summon counts as an Xyz Summon, King Artorigus will pull three Noble Arms from the Graveyard; then you’re free to destroy any monster on the field.  It’s a quick little combo that can demolish your opponent’s cards and leave King Artorigus to make a big attack.

So whether you play Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn or not, you can call Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus to fight at your side.  And if you unleash King Artorigus, cause some havoc, and then your opponent Sets a bunch of spells and traps?  You can even Excaliburn back into Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights.  Whichever version of Artorigus you need, Excaliburn makes it happen.

The Noble Knights make their charge at the Shadow Specters Sneak Peek on November 2nd!  Get there, and get ready to unleash the forces of legend!